Every Saturday afternoon, the sounds of thunderous drums echo around the streets surrounding Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts on Alice Street in Oakland, a special consistent mental, physical and spiritual presence of Central Africa in the State of California.
FUA DIA CONGO, celebrating 35 years of service to humanity throughout the world is coming to the Meadowview community of Sacramento, Fua35 International Workshop, Saturday, July 21, 2012, Our World Cultural Center, 2251 Florin Road, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.,
FUA (pronounced "fwa") DIA CONGO is California’s only professional Congolese repertory company. It was founded by Malonga Casquelourd in 1977, as an entity dedicated to the preservation, promotion and study of Central African culture.
The dedication and commitment continues under the direction of his daughters, Muisi-kongo and Lungusu Malonga, and his son Kiazi Malonga along with a community of extended family, keep alive Malonga’s vision of preserving the Congolese culture through artistic interpretations of its daily life and rituals, a growing legacy to embrace.
The company name comes from the Kikongo language and means "Congolese culture." FUA’s reperptoire draws from the religious, social and military traditions of the descendants of the Kongo kingdom which includes the modern day stats of the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Central African Republic and Gabon.
FUA’s distinct programming exemplifies its true commitment to enrich and engage the lives of individuals in diverse communities. The company is known for its unique teaching and performance residencies which have been offered to public schools and universities throughout the US and the world.
FUA’s programming is composed of four distinct elements: the first being the performing company itself, the adult performing company. The company is composed of musicians and dancers whose abilities embody Malonga’s emphasis on soulful and cultural expressions of Congolese culture.
The company’s featured performance as part of the 2010 San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival at the Palace of Fine Arts remains etched in my mind’s eye and that elevated performance continues to set the standard for artistic excellence.
Do not miss your blessing to introduce yourself to FUA DIA CONGO in Sacramento. Lungusu Malonga and Mbay Louvouezo through patience excellence will elevate the standard of dance and drumming in our community. The Sacramento community is in debt to Kucheza Ngoma II Dance Co., Earth Mama Healing, Umoja Productions, The Fenix Dance & Drum Company for hosting this historic event in Sacramento at Our World Cultural Center, in our community of Meadowview, California.
Reserve your place today for Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Fua35 International Workshop beginning at 1:30 p.m., and/or dance workshop beginning at 2:45 p.m., with [email protected].